Warning: Brobdingnagian spoilers ahead!
When Barbie came out, it was a cultural phenomenon. Mothers, daughters, sisters, and girlfriends wore pink clothes and gleefully showed up at their local movie theatre to watch their Barbie doll finally come to life.
Then, there was me, a guy. I was wearing a black shirt. The movie clearly wasn’t intended for me but I needed to be there for several reasons. So I sat there and watched how 2023 Hollywood would interpret Barbie and the messages it would convey to the millions of little girls who would be exposed to it.
To say the least, it wasn’t what one would expect. The movie is not about Barbie and Ken having a fun adventure, it is about the patriarchy and a power struggle between the sexes.
While the movie is basically about “girl power”, its portrayal of Barbieland actually highlights how flawed (and even unhinged) modern feminism can be if carried out to its logical conclusion. There are elements of satire that are rather witty and interesting.
However, most of the audience will be children. And they will not get these second-degree jokes. They will absorb the entire thing at face value and that’s where things get rather disturbing. Because, at face value, there’s a strong anti-masculinity theme happening throughout the movie.
For instance, just take a look at the movie poster at the top of this article. Ken is sitting in the backseat of the car. That’s because, in the movie, Barbie doesn’t allow him to sit in the passenger seat (forget about even thinking of driving that car).
This picture is quite symbolic of what would unfold throughout the rest of Barbie.
The narrator says:
“Thanks to Barbie, all problems of feminism and equal rights have been solved.”
As the movie presents us Barbieland, we quickly realize that there are absolutely no equal rights in this place. Quite to the contrary, Barbieland is actually an oppressive regime where Kens are second-class citizens who are openly banned from all positions of power.
Later in the movie, Barbie says:
“Women hold all major positions of power and control all of the money. Basically, everything that men do in your world, women do in ours.”
With that being said, let’s take a look at the actual Supreme Court of the United States.
So is Barbieland’s oppressive regime the result of the Barbie’s flawed interpretation of the real world? Is the movie actually saying that they’re dumb dolls who got carried away? Or is the movie actually normalizing a society where masculinity is shunned?
Speaking of men, in Barbieland, they are badly mistreated. On several occasions, they are blatantly told to shut up. Also, they are severely emasculated – physically and mentally.
While Barbieland is an openly sexist place, it is presented as a good place. We even hear Lizzo singing the praises of Barbieland at the beginning of the movie. Yes, this Lizzo.
While the men in Barbieland are second-class citizens, one of them is fully accepted by the Barbies: The one who pretends to be a woman.
Among the many hypocrisies in the movie, there’s the fact that a biological male is considered to be an actual woman throughout the movie. Apparently, a man only needs to wear a dress to stop being oppressed in Barbieland. The transgender Barbie is played by Hari Nef, an industry plant who also played in the degenerate series The Idol. Now, he’s in a children’s movie and takes part in all kinds of weird scenarios.
For instance, at one point, Barbie tells Ken that he cannot come to her house because it is “girl’s night”. Then, the camera zooms in on the house.
Harif Nef doesn’t only stand there in the movie. On several occasions, he gets up close and personal with the Kens, which raises all kinds of questions.
Were these scenes necessary in a movie aimed at children? Or was it a Hollywood requirement of promoting the gender-blurring agenda?
Before the movie came out, the world knew Barbie and Ken as a happy, always smiling couple. Sure, Barbie got most of the attention, but Ken was cool with that. He was just happy looking good while driving their pink cars.
However, in the movie, there is no happy couple. At all. Ken is a clingy, jealous, possessive, and insecure idiot who only lives to impress Barbie. In exchange, Barbie talks to Ken as if he was a mentally challenged child. The movie cannot depict a single happy relationship because that would go against its narrative. In Barbie, men and women do not love or complete each other – they are in a perpetual fight for power.
When Ken asks if he can sit in the front, Barbie bluntly answers “No”. ** Cue audience laughter **
But this answer is symbolic. First, it breaks the iconic image of Ken and Barbie driving around together as a happy couple. Furthermore, oppressive regimes such as the Taliban actually force women to sit in the backseat. This doesn’t happen in America but the makers of Barbie apparently think that the Taliban are on to something.
The words “blond fragility” are not random. They’re a rather obvious reference to the controversial book White Fragility.
In Barbie, the villains are men in general. Not just one man or a group of men. Just men.
Fighting the Patriarchy
When we first heard about the Barbie movie, most of us probably imagined a fun adventure involving Barbie and Ken. But that’s not what happened at all. The main plot of the movie is literally about fighting the patriarchy. That heavily charged word is constantly used during the movie, to the point that it loses its meaning. The official definition of patriarchy is:
“Social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line.”
Is America an actual patriarchy? That is very highly debatable. That term probably cannot even apply in a society that is as wide and diverse as the United States.
When Barbie and Ken arrive in the Real World (Los Angeles to be exact), they discover an all-out patriarchy with absolutely no nuance. Ken feels immediately at home while Barbie says that men are looking at her “with an undertone of violence”.
The movie presents the Real World as a place where it is impossible to be a woman. At one point, America Ferrera gives a long speech where she actually says that it is “literally impossible to be a woman”.
At one point, America says:
“You have to find a way to reject men’s advances without damaging their egos. Because if you say yes to them, you’re a tramp. But if you say no, you’re a prude.”
Did they really need to include this weird bit in a movie intended for children?
Later, the movie has a “reckoning moment” when a schoolgirl shames Barbie for her “shameful” past.
The girl accuses Barbie of “sexualized capitalism” and of “killing the planet with the glorification of rampant consumerism”. She also calls her a fascist.
Mass media critics praised this monologue where the buzzwords “capitalism”, “consumerism” and “killing the planet” were used to let us know that Barbie is woke now.
But, about 3 minutes later, this happens.
In other words, the movie glorifies “rampant consumerism” while also complaining about it.
Meanwhile, Ken learns about the patriarchy and he’s very happy about it.
Here’s the dialogue between the two. Ken says:
– I’ll take a high level, high paying job with influence, please.
– You’ll need at least an MBA and a lot of our people have Phd’s.
– Isn’t being a man enough?
– Actually, right now, it’s kind of the opposite.
– You guys are clearly not doing patriarchy very well.
– No, we’re doing it well. We just hide it better now.
Note: No two men have ever discussed “doing patriarchy”. Ever. However, Ken is a dumb doll. And Barbie hurt his feelings so he imported his version of patriarchy to Barbieland.
The final stage of the Barbies’ plan to regain power is just … mean.
The Barbies say:
“Give them their dream come true. And, at the peak of their happiness, when they think you actually care about this song … you take it all away.”
Does this scene teach little girls to be hypocrites, mean-spirited, and manipulative to obtain what they want?
In the end, the plan works and the Barbie system of oppression is restored. Yay. At one point, a Ken says:
– Madam President. Please may the Kens have one Supreme Court justice?
– I can’t do that.
Yes, the “happy ending” of the movie involves Madam President telling men that they still cannot have a single judge on the Supreme Court.
At the end of the movie, Barbie ascends to a form of godhood.
What about Ken? He cried a lot and stayed in Barbieland.
Cue the credits with the song Barbie World by Nicki Minaj featuring Ice Spice. One line from the song:
That pussy so cold, we just chillin’ out.
Barbie is a feminist movie that also critiques feminism. Barbieland is the result of plastic dolls taking modern-day feminism to its logical conclusion. And it is quite absurd. On the other hand, it actually works. And that’s what most children will take out from the movie. In a way, Barbieland reflects the type of society the elite is trying to impose on the world. They want feeble, insecure, and emasculated men. They want us to believe that there is absolutely no difference between a real woman and a transgender woman. They want a system where it is socially acceptable to exclude people due to their identity. They want a society where a strong, loving nuclear family is non-existent – only a collection of deeply confused individuals.
Barbie doesn’t really know what she wants or who she is while Ken is in a state of complete agony because he doesn’t feel heard or loved. While some will interpret Barbie as a critique of today’s society, most of its young viewers will simply absorb the “values” of Barbieland. Therein lies the underhanded and hypocritical messaging found in Barbie.
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